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« on: November 28, 2011 05:55:23 PM »

Has anyone used Rit powder dyes, in particular the Dark Green shade?
I bought some to dye a dress (it started white, I dyed it once using a Dylon powder dye but didnt get the shade I wanted because of the high polyester content of the fabric, so was going to dye it again using Rit). When I mixed the dye bath I thought it looked exceptionally dark, and a little too much on the blue side for my liking, so I dunked a piece of a plain white T shirt I had lying about... Low and behold, after literally only 30 seconds in the dye the fabric was a deep rich blue. After rinsing and drying, the fabric ended up a kind of muted slatey-blue colour. Needless to say, my dress went no where near the dye bath.  I followed the bucket/sink dying directions, and added a cup of salt to the dye bath as the instructions directed (my dress is a poly-cotton blend, with a higher cotton content). I hung on to all the packaging and I'm considering writing to Rit to complain (thanks to my mum, I'm a letter-writer. I apologise) but want to be sure that it wasn't due to anything I did that it turned out this colour.

« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2011 06:05:28 PM »

In my experience, RIT is not known for being accurate (especially in dark colors) or long lasting. My suggestion is to find a fiber reactive dye in the color you want (I always use procion mx) and use that. Some craft stores carry it, but you can easily get it from Dharma Trading Co. online if not. I've never had issues dying cotton/poly blends with it, though it does end up a bit muted. If you want to go a step further, you can use it then dye again with something made for poly, like "idye poly".
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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2011 07:11:05 AM »

haha...yeah, no...you have to be willing to have your colors be a surprise with RIT...Dylon, too.

Fiber reactives are the way to go.

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